adam lambert freddie mercury getty 'American Idol's' Adam Lambert sings Freddie Mercury's praises on NPR“American Idol” finalist Adam Lambert joined NPR Monday morning (Aug. 30) for a piece on Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, whose 64th birthday would have been Sunday, Sept. 5 if he had not passed away in 1991.

Lambert covered several Queen songs during his run on “Idol,” but says that nobody is quite like Mercury.

“During ‘We are the Champions,’ he goes ‘of the world’ and he holds that out for a really long time and it kind of echoes off into the distance,” says Lambert. “Instead of just being like open and just singing it through an open throat … he squeezes it and it gives this emotional intensity.”

Lambert also thinks Mercury overt showmanship is missing in today’s music scene.

“It was about the music, but he also really captivated the audience because he was so electric. That’s why he’s an icon because you remembered what he did on stage, he had a presence,” Lambert says.

“There’s definitely something missing in today’s music scene,” he continues. “We don’t have a lot of men on stage doing flamboyant or theatrical. We have a lot of female pop stars doing it, but where’s the classic pop-rock showman?”

Listen to the whole NPR piece here. Adam Lambert is currently on a nationwide tour with fellow “Idol” finalist Allison Iraheta. Do you think he does Freddy Mercury proud?

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